Banned Books Week is September 24-30 2017. The aim is to educate people about their right to read under the first amendment.
Banned Books Week first began with the American Library Association in 1982 in response to hundreds of complaints, demands, and requests that libraries remove certain books from their shelves.
ALA actively advocates and educates in defense of intellectual freedom—the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom is a core value of the library profession, and a basic right in our democratic society.
Why are books challenged?
ALA states, Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:
Why does it matter?
Censorship, suppression, and exclusion are serious issues. Librarians and educators support your right to access information, seek varying points and view, and learn from other people's self expressions.
Explore this map to discover actual cases from 2007-2011. Learn what books were challenged where and why and what the outcome was. See any in your hometown? Or where friends and family may be located? Zoom in to expand the map.
Banned Books Week is about protecting the first amendment, intellectual freedom, and not censoring what others can and cannot have access to. These are hot topics that have and continue to be in the news. Below are some interesting articles that discuss these controversial ideas.